Paw Walk at San Diego Botanic Garden

What's your four-footed BFF doing on the Saturday after Valentine's?

PET PETAL HANDLES: You don't need to become acquainted with too many dogs — though knowing as many dogs as you can is always an exemplary idea — to realize that we humans often select pooch names from petal-pretty things. If you've known a wide assortment of tail-waggers in your time, then you've probably met a Rosey along the way, or a Daisy, or even a Petunia (which, let's be honest, is an amazing handle for a Pug or French Bulldog). Maybe we simply love flowers and Fidos, we humans, or maybe we connect canines with the outdoor world, for it isn't a stretch to say that our BFFs rather like romping around under the sun. And pairing the notion of gorgeous plants (both of the flowery and non-flowery assortment) and a gorgeous day out with our hounds isn't too much of a stretch, either. We can definitely hit a dog park whenever, but calling upon a botanic garden, one that generally doesn't permit pets, is an unusual chance. But that chance is coming up, as fast as a loping Lassie, on...

SATURDAY, FEB. 18: The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas will once again stage its popular 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, a morningtime ramble which will help support both the garden as well as the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Some dog-focused vendors'll be on site, with foods, goods, and pup-related info, so the vibe of the day is definitely four-footed, even beyond the walk itself. And if you're hoping you'll cover a lot of the 37-acre spread, you will. Prepare to pass the Hawaii section, and the Australia area, and others, with Daisy or Rosy or Petunia happily leading the way.

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